Table of Contents: Dec. 20, 2004

10 QUESTIONS: Kanye West, hip-hop's brightest star, on God, girls and school 8



Behind Kerik's Fall Plus: Ukraine's toxic politics; Snow's survival; IBM fires the PC; the great whiskey gap 21

MILESTONES: Mia Hamm retires; Dick Clark recuperates 29


The Army's Armor Gap How a lack of safe combat vehicles put U.S. troops at risk 30

THE Best Pictures OF THE Year

The most compelling images, from Baghdad's bloodshed to Saturn's brilliance 61

SIX WHO SAW: A tribute to great photographers we lost 116


The Gubernator Arnold still wins the popular vote, but can his one-man...